YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities who help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Motivated by Wisdom

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Rites of passage ceremonially mark significant life transitions. These ritualized events usher the initiate’s journey into the next life stage and tend to their relationship with Self, community, culture, and more.
Calistoga, CA, USA


Calistoga, CA, USA

Why does it MATTER?

Rites of Passage matter because of what they can do: in the lives of young people, in our own lives, and in our communities. They have the power to help young people thrive in the 21st century.
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Street Poets

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Youth Passageways needs your help! You can increase the availability of rites of passage for young people around the world by learning more, making a gift, volunteering, and/or advocating.

When we talk about rites of passage we mean a time when we recognize and see young people for the beauty they bring into the world. The rite is to get them to wake up to their own dream, their own story.

Luis J. Rodriguez Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Rites of passage are a cultural antihistamine that prevents children and young people from having an allergic reaction to a socially toxic environment.

Paul Hill, Jr. The National Rites of Passage Institute, Cleveland, OH

Rites of passage reach deeply into the hearts of human beings and help people and communities thrive, rather than just survive.

Edith Kusnic, Community Elder, Seattle, WA

Although it takes a whole village to raise a child, it takes the struggles of youth to raise the village.

Michael Meade Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, Seattle, WA

My belief is that every teen, deep in their bones, knows they deserve healthy, not destructive, rites of passage and mature adult mentorship.

Frederick Marx Warrior Films, Oakland, CA

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What’s Happening?

Practicing Community Episode 5: Indigeneity – A Conversation with Sobey Wing

Youth Passageways,

What does it mean to really have a sense of belonging? So much of the way that ‘modern life’ is lived is displaced from traditional ideas of community, or a deep relationship with the land bases we depend on. A sense of home or community is often one divided exponentially among the many obligations that […]

Partner Call – Holistic Sexuality: Tools for Guiding our Youth


In this call, Marisa Taborga Byrne shares about how she frames and holds holistic sexuality conversations with youth. The intention is for this to be a time of learning, sharing and gaining tools, asking questions, and being in dialogue with one another for us to better serve our youth. For her curriculum, Marisa combines her […]

Upcoming Events

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Girls Empowerment Program – Spring Break

3250 West 36th Ave & Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver BC | hosted by Fire & Flower: Girls Rite of Passage Program
Incredible depth & connection with 2 facilitators for only 12 girls. Spend 5 days having tons of fun, feeling awesome in who you are, and learning about young womanhood. Together we build positive friendships, celebrate each other’s strengths, and get outside into beautiful nature. We’ll explore topics such as healthy body image, menstruation, media literacy and sexuality, all balanced with...

Partner Offering

Spring Wild Edibles Intro

26788 Highland RD NE Kingston, WA 98346 | hosted by WildWise School
Read an article this workshop inspired by one of our attendees: Organizations that help you recognize and appreciate a deeper connection to the natural world Would you like to know what wild foods grow right in your back yard? This class will teach you just what to look for! Curriculum includes how to Forage, Prepare, and Eat local wild plants...